News to Know...

~Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School~

December 2015

I hope that you all had a restful Thanksgiving and are beginning to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. It is hard to believe that the school year is almost half over! Although there are only 18 school days in the month of December, it is a busy time of the year and our halls are buzzing with activity! Please take a moment to check out the calendar of events listed below.


Although I am truly a summer girl at heart (give me a hot, sunny day over snow any time) I absolutely love this time of the year. Preparing for the holidays always fills me with a sense of anticipation and excitement. When you have the honor of working with children on a daily basis that feeling is magnified- and I consider myself tremendously lucky. It is a joy to hear the gleeful voices of students at the Holiday Sing-Along and to see the look of pride and pleasure on their faces when they pick out "just the right gift" at Festivus. It is inspiring to see the spirit of giving when a child brings in a donation of a toy or food item to help those in need. It is moments like these that make me realize that the greatest gifts are not those that are wrapped in ribbons under a tree, but those that are seen in the smiles of a child. Thank you for sharing the gift of your children with us.


On behalf of the entire Primary- Elementary School family, we wish you Happy Holidays!


Sincerely,

Marcie Ware

PK-5 Principal

Mark Your Calendar:

Here are a few important upcoming events to remember as we celebrate this festive time:


  • December 3rd and 4th—PK-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; Early Dismissal for K-5 students at 11:45; NO UPK on these days
  • December 9th- Holiday Concert Grade 5 Chorus, Orchestra & Fiddle Club 7 p.m.
  • December 10th— PK-5 Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • December 17th- Holiday Concert Grade 5 Band & Jazz Ensemble 7 p.m.

  • December 21st-23rd- Student Government Holiday Spirit Week

Monday 12/21- Candy Cane Day- Wear Red & White
Tuesday 12/22- Warm & Cozy Day- Wear a snuggly sweatshirt or your PJs
Wednesday 12/23- Holiday Fun Attire- Wear funky holiday clothes... socks, antlers, the crazier, the better!
  • December 24th-January 3rd- Holiday Recess; NO SCHOOL

Scenes from School...

“Cool Chemistry”~ A 4th Grade Science Enrichment Opportunity


This Level 2 Pull-Out experience is designed for fourth grade students for whom science is a passion. Participants will explore chemistry and chemical reactions using everyday ingredients for four lessons during the school day. These will include powders and liquids that are in many kitchens.


Does your fourth grader …have an inquiring mind, love to explore how things work, delve into science experiments, have a very high level of scientific vocabulary? Is your child a team player, a problem solver, a creative thinker who is task committed to science experiments and is curious about the reasons behind chemical reactions? Does your child follow directions carefully and measure precisely? If your fourth grade student is described above, this enrichment opportunity on chemistry may be a fit!


There are a few spots still open so please contact Mrs. Coleates by December 14th if this sounds like an opportunity for your child. coleatesl@canandaiguaschools.org Please include your child’s name and teacher.


Light and Color~ A Grade 3 Science Enrichment Opportunity


This Level 2 Pull-Out experience is designed for third grade students for whom science is a passion. Participants will explore vision including optical illusions, the color spectrum, and discover properties of sunlight using materials including mirrors, prisms, and kaleidoscopes for four lessons during the school day.


Does your third grader …have an inquiring mind, love to explore how things work, delve into science experiments, have a very high level of scientific vocabulary? Is your child a team player, a problem solver, a creative thinker who is task committed to science experiments and is curious about vision, light, and color? If your third grade student is described above, this enrichment opportunity on vision and perception may be a fit!


There are a few spots still open so please contact Mrs. Coleates by January 15th if this sounds like an opportunity for your child. coleatesl@canandaiguaschools.org Please include your child’s name and teacher.

Active Academy at the ARC

Please take a moment to watch this video that highlights a wonderful after-school program offered by the Ontario County ARC.


If you have questions, please contact Diane VanDerwater at 585-919-2148

Active Academy at Ontario ARC!

Stay Connected with Us!

The Primary-Elementary School has a Twitter account! Please follow us at @CdgaPrimElem as we share important updates and celebrate the amazing learning that is taking place each and every day!


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